Originally Posted by Harry Wild
I not concern with the iPhone 5S or even the 6! Purchase another state of the art phone in the mean time. Why is Samsung and HTC not having troubles like Apple has. Been a loyal Apple buyer but no longer! They seem to be loosing ground!
Losing ground? Well, let's think about this for a minute.
The IPhone 5 has been on the market since last Sept. That's about 10 months. In this smartphone world, 10 months is a LONG time. Apple traditionally has their best quarter in December and then it systematically goes down each quarter and then the December quarter blows out the previous Dec quarter. So far, each quarter has done better than the previous year's quarter. Each smartphone model outsells the previous year's smartphone model.
Now, with all of the rumors and speculation for new models to be announced, a lot of places are selling less because of this and that their are new model Android phones that are being released BEFORE the new iPhone model, so it appears as though Apple is losing ground.
I would wait until Apple's next model release. Apple does well in the 3.5 and 4 inch model phones. They make a large portion of what's been sold, they just have to release a larger screen size. WIth this "low cost" phone, only Apple knows what it is, how much it costs to mfg and what they plan on selling it for. Apple won't go after the $150 or less unlocked market because there is NO MONEY in it. The only reason why Samsung and others would go after that market is to gain market share numbers to give the illusion that the company is doing well. Sure market share numbers do have their purpose in explaining market trends, but the bottom line is Net Profits and sales growth.
Do you think Mercedes Benz gives a crap about market share? Maybe only in the price range they sell into. But at long as they make cars that have a certain profit margin and they sell more cars each year than before, then they are happy. They just have to figure out which models to make and whether it makes sense to keep them on the price lists. (they removed the R class because it wasn't selling) If a auto mfg wanted to increase market share, all they would have to do is put out the same crap as the next automaker at the sub-$20K market, which they don't currently make. their cheapest product line, the A class, is still around $30K, once you add options, taxes, shipping, etc. That's their low end. Heck, even their SmartCar division aren't making inexpensive cars. They sell a higher cost small vehicle for those that want the quality and safety of something like a Mercedes, but a small footprint with good gas mileage. While Ford, Chevy, Toyota, etc. make and sell cars for less than $20K fully equipped.
But if you look at Mercedes, they sell a LOT of units. But they are profitable and growing.
I agree that Apple has been losing ground in the Global smart phone and tablet sales, but they still have some relatively large cell carriers yet to sign up, and there are still some countries Apple has yet to set up shop in, and they are working on new products with new technology, along with the OS that has to be improved due to the change in management. I'll give this new OS management two years to really show us what they can do. They've only had about 8+ months to work on iOS 7 since the management change that happened in Oct. That's not a lot of time. I think iOS 7 does have a lot of features we've wanted and it's just a getting used to the new design look. I think what will be more important is what the new processors, screen technology, fingerprint sensors are about. We also have to look at where the growth really is. Is it the $150 unlocked phone? Apple's not dumb enough to go after that market. If they did, they would put out a cheap version of the iPhone 3GS that ran iOS 4. Not going to happen. Remember, Samsung makes chips and they'd rather stuff older chips with an older OS in a phone just to break even or lose a little money rather than shutting down semiconductor plants or dumping chips into landfill and taking the write off and losing even more. But not many others are going after that market and anyone that is, isn't making money.
The most important markets for Apple are the Enterprise/Education markets, for which Apple has a lot of market share and seems to be gaining ground.
So, don't get all sucked into the marketing hype that market share is as important as the media portrays the scenario. Most of these journalists change their tune daily. One day Apple's the best thing since sliced bread and the next day, they aren't. Media people are only trying to sell newspapers "so to speak", and they'll even write a bunch of bull snot just to get people to read the article. It's their nature, they can't help it.
As they say, rumors are rumors, sometimes they are true, but most of the time they aren't.